Organic Gardening

Learn how to use natural, organic gardening methods to grow the freshest food in your own garden.

How to Make Compost in a Cold Climate

By John Jeavons and Robin Leler

Keep an active compost pile in a cold climate by following the advice of our experts. Learning how to make compost in a cold climate starts with a different way of composting. A layered pile might work better than a hot compost pile.

Irrigating With Gray Water

By David Burmaster

Irrigating with gray water can be a great option for watering the garden, but keep in mind a few of these safety concerns.

Choosing Orchard Grass

By John Quinney

An expert in small farm design provides advice on suitable types of orchard grass to a fruit grower who also keeps a flock of geese.

Growing Cold Weather Crops

By Helen and Scott Nearing

A homesteader moving to Montana gets some expert advice on good cold weather crops to grow in a cold climate. Originally published as "Cold Climate Crops" in the January/February 1983 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.


Organic Seed Companies Respond to Increasing Demand

By Barbara Pleasant

The MOTHER EARTH NEWS survey of seed companies reveals that more gardeners want to start with organically grown seeds. Find out what seed companies and customers think about the importance of going organic, and learn about the difficulty companies face in getting organic certification. Finally, check out our listing of seed companies with strong organic offerings and our resources for those that may want to grow and sell organic seed.

Work for Food Share

By Theresa Gould

Decrease your CSA food share fee by volunteering on the farm. A Country Lore tip from the February/March 2011 issue.

Fungi Facts: All About Mushrooms

By Harvey Ussery

Have fun with fungi facts! Discover how mushrooms can build soil fertility and sustainability while giving you nutritious and delicious treats. Originally published as "All About Mushrooms" in the August/September 2010 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Country Lore: Passing on a Passion for Gardening

By Jim Brennan

A grandson inherits his family’s passion for gardening and love of growing good food.

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Aug. 5-6, 2017
Albany, Ore.

Discover a dazzling array of workshops and lectures designed to get you further down the path to independence and self-reliance.